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POSTPONED-Ascot Proposal, Public Meeting

The Public meeting to discuss the Ascot Centre Development has been postponed due to changes with London Square’s application. More news to follow shortly….. PUBLIC MEETING – ASCOT CENTRE DEVELOPMENT Led by SPAE and NPDG FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER THE PAVILION, ASCOT RACECOURSE 7pm for 7.30pm START There have been over 225 residents who have already sent […]

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Developer fined for felling of ancient oaks

Thursday September 15 2022, 12.01am, The Times A property developer must pay more than £67,000 after cutting down dozens of protected, 100-year-old oak trees in defiance of neighbours’ pleas. James Barney, 35, proposed building two holiday cottages on the plot he had recently bought, a court was told. People protested angrily when they were woken […]

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London & Home Counties Greenbelt Crisis

Scale of development planned for Green Belt doubles in just six years Local councils in London and the Home Counties are currently planning to allow building on more than 48,000 acres of Green Belt land, despite the vital role that open countryside plays in flood prevention and climate change mitigation.  Research by the London Green […]

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The battle for PM and Planning

As the two remaining Conservative Party leadership candidates battle it out for the top job, Planning takes a look at their comments during the campaign about planning and housing delivery. LIZ TRUSS Truss, the MP for South West Norfolk, and the frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister, has made a flurry of planning-related announcements in her leadership […]

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Objection Advice for Ascot Centre Proposal - response deadline by Thursday 18th August

Those of you who attended our AGM at the end of May will know we have serious concerns about proposals for large scale building in the centre of Ascot.  Planning application (RBWM 22/01971) has now been published.  SPAE has been supportive all along about the rejuvenation of Ascot and a Vision for the High Street was produced by […]

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Ascot Centre Planning Application Published

As anticipated, the planning application by London Square for the west of the south of Ascot High Street has now been published – see link below. https://publicaccess.rbwm.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RF9DVGNI0C000&activeTab=summary

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Ascot Centre Consultation – Latest

SPAE and others have met with London Square, the developer, for the land adjacent to Station Hill in Ascot. London Square held a community consultation end April – early May where over 1,200 responses were received.  In order of priority, the main issues from the consultation were: Lack of social infrastructure – e.g. GP surgery, […]

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John Lewis to become a house builder

John Lewis has named Mill Lane, Reading, as one of its first three sites to build homes. This site has been a warehouse and until recently was the pick-up point for larger shopping items bought at the Reading store.These plans to move into the “build-to-rent” property market are the first step in building 10,000 homes […]

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House Building Held Up By 'Nutrient Neutrality' In West Berkshire

Natural England has issued advice to a further 42 authorities including West Berkshire and Basingstoke which could delay the building of 100,000 homes, according to the Home Builders Federation.  This is because of the need to achieve “Nutrient Neutrality”. Nutrient pollution is an environmental concern, where in freshwater habitats, increased levels of nutrients (especially nitrogen […]

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Rushed Proposals For Ascot Development

A developer has announced plans for major development in Ascot between Station Hill and the Clock House on the High Street.  This could result in as many as 140 homes in this constrained area (particularly with many valuable trees) comprising 100 flats above shops / offices in four storey buildings, with the rest being terraces […]

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